Thursday 19 September 2019

Asking forgiveness from plants

The tweet below is from the Union Theological Seminary in New York, which is Columbia University's non-denominational faculty of theology. Columbia University is an Ivy League University, the American equivalent of Oxford and Cambridge, and educating the future elite of the world's only superpower.

Today in chapel, we confessed to plants. Together, we held our grief, joy, regret, hope, guilt and sorrow in prayer; offering them to the beings who sustain us but whose gift we too often fail to honor.

What do you confess to the plants in your life?
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All human conflict is ultimately theological, as Cardinal Manning said to the young Hilaire Belloc, and so is all politics. A very left-wing historian, Tarik Cyril Amar, told me I sounded Iranian for tweeting Manning's remark, which makes me suspect that he is not a very good historian.

A long time ago theologians started to attack the words Lord, King and the sexist nature of Christianity. Anglicans stopped singing

The rich man in his castle
The poor man at his gate
God made them high and lowly
And ordered their estate

even though this statement was hard to argue against, if you believe In God.

Then homosexual acts ceased to be considered sins, for egalitarian reasons. Then people spoke of animal rights. How can animals have rights, if the word rights has any meaning? 

This stuff is not funny. More and more people beleive in all seriousness that animal lives are as valuable as human ones. A friend of mine who has Ph.D. in something called political science recently told me he holds this position.

And now asking forgiveness from plants.

In other words once people stop believing in Christianity and lapse into extraordinary and exotic alternative religions they also cease to believe in man.

This stuff is creeping even into the Catholic Church, leading Cardinal Muller to point out:

“Man is the centre of creation and Jesus became man, he did not become a plant. This identification of God with nature is a form of atheism, because God is independent of nature.” 
I give the last word to Pope Benedict XVI, who is so greatly missed.

"The idea of a better Church, created by ourselves, is in fact a proposal of the devil.” 

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